The world all tuned in to the Olympic Ceremony held in London, England where prestigious director, Danny Boyle of movies such as Slumdog Millionaire presented us with a celebration of music of Great Britain through the eras. A carefully chosen selection, with an overwhelming delight seeing the greats in rock from The Who, to Rolling Stones, to Sex Pistols and one of the world’s greatest, David Bowie. Boyle quickly earned the love of millions of music critics with his almost perfect playlist.
Although he played other Bowie favorites, here we dive into the classic of David Bowie that was, and is, ‘Ashes to Ashes.’ Released in 1980 on Scary Monster (And Super Creeps) Bowie became a global sensation and inspired many other artists to create music, or re-create his distinct sound. Bowie explored a sound that was not relevant in the music business, where he emerged between political punk rock and the dying sound that was psychedelic and soul. He brought eccentric pop and classic rock to the table first in 1969 with the famous Space Oddity, and again almost every year until Scary Monsters release in 1980.
Bowie is an artist that cannot be defined or compared to with any other musicians. He created a sound known as the David Bowie sound, and still continues to influence and inspire people even after his current 9 year hiatus. Will he come back with a new album? We certainly hope so, even if he called on his retirement earlier this year. Either way, ‘Ashes to Ashes’ can be stuck on replay until then.
By Sarah Keary
OurVinyl | Contributor